As a mother of six, it’s no surprise that Angelina Jolie’s children are an important part of her life. The 42-year-old actress told Elle that she encourages her daughters to be themselves – and be proud of it.
“I tell my daughters, ‘What sets you apart is what you are willing to do for others. Anyone can put on a dress and makeup. It’s your mind that will define you,” she said. “Find out who you are, what you think, and what you stand for. And fight for others to have those same freedoms. A life of service is worth living.”
Jolie has long been a passionate advocate for women’s rights. In her role as UN special envoy, she has fought for gender equality on a global scale – part of which involved co-founding the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative in June 2012.
Jolie also detailed why she decided to begin humanitarian and political work. “I had this romantic idea that I would get my boots on and be a humanitarian. But at a certain point, you realize that’s not enough,” she said. ” You have to find the root of the problem. And that, so often, brings you back to the law and politics.”